romance


romance
[13] A romance is etymologically a story written in the language ‘of Rome’. The word comes from Old French romanz, which denoted ‘something written in French (as opposed to classical Latin)’. This went back to the Vulgar Latin adverb *rōmānicē ‘in the local vernacular descended from Latin’ (contrasted with latinē ‘in Latin’). This in turn came from Latin rōmānicus ‘Roman’, a derivative ultimately of Rōma ‘Rome’. In practice, these medieval vernacular tales were usually about chivalric adventure, and that was the starting point from which the modern meaning of romance, and its derivative romantic [17], developed. The original sense survives in the linguistic term Romance, denoting languages such as French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, etc that have evolved from Latin.
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   The word ultimately goes back to Medieval Latin romanice, 'Romanic,' that is, in the language spoken by the Romans (the forerunner of Romance languages such as French, Italian, and Spanish). This gave Old French romanz (later roman) as a term for a medieval verse story of courtly love about King Arthur and his knights, Charlemagne and his knights, or classical heroes such as Alexander the Great. The English versions of these stories were known as romances.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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